Keeping entertained and engaged while staying at home

Stay connected · Apr 17, 2020

Here are some fun ways to remain connected and entertained while physical distancing at home during COVID-19.

Enjoy FREE Optik TV® movie channels

For Optik TV®  subscribers we’re offering FREE channel previews until April 30th. Enjoy great movie and entertainment options for you and your family, including:

  • Hollywood Suite (channels 426-429) – Reconnect with the movies that shaped the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s

  • MovieTime (channel 445) – A star-studded, jam-packed lineup that satisfies viewers’ craving for hit movies

  • Super Channel VAULT (channel 419) - A collection of hand-picked, critically acclaimed, award-winning films for movie lovers

  • Rewind (channel 457) - Relive your favorite films with this curated, throwback movie experience

  • Silver Screen Classics (channel 460) - Featuring classic films starring legends like John Wayne Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Kirk Douglas, Spencer Tracy, Marlon Brando, and many others

View more FREE Optik TV free channels

Stay active with the TELUS Healthy Living Network

Whether you want to take a yoga class in your living room or just get healthy inspiration, the TELUS Healthy Living Network® offers an extensive library of curated health & wellness videos available to Optik TV subscribers

Enjoy a wide range of shows that challenge, inspire, and motivate Canadians to live healthier and happier lives. Take advantage of tons of free shows like Yoga for Kids, Tai Chi with Helen Liang, Intro to Qi Gong and Guided Meditation for Better Sleep. Or check out our documentaries and series available to rent or own on Optik. Fresh new titles are added regularly. To watch, select the On Demand button on your Opik remote and choose Healthy Living in the menu, or channel 346 in the guide.

Sing your favourite songs together with Stingray Karaoke

Boasting more than 15,000 songs in popular genres from all eras, the Stingray Karaoke app is a fun activity for families and friends who enjoy singing their hearts out. Press ‘Apps/Interactive’ on your Optik TV remote or tune to channels 598 or 7507 to access the app for free.

Throw a virtual kids dance or yoga party

Turn screen time into an active and engaging experience for your kids by hosting a virtual Go Noodle dance party. One of a series of educational initiatives created by the Microsoft Family Learning Centre to inspire youth to move their bodies and be their best, Go Noodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos.   

Cosmic Kids Yoga is another great way to get the little ones inspired and moving. It incorporates storytelling into simple yoga moves that many kids will know if they do yoga at school or pre-school.

Host an online dinner party

Share a meal remotely with friends and family. Preplan your theme, recipes and drinks. Or order in and support a local restaurant, if this is a safe option. Decide on a dress code, all play the same music and sit down to enjoy a memorable meal together, virtually. 

To help ensure the highest quality video connection between multiple participants, you need consistent upload and download speeds. TELUS PureFibre could be your best option if it is available where you live since its fibre optic technology delivers equally fast upload and download speeds. 

Turn your kids’ screen time into social time

Now that children aren’t attending school or out of home extra-curricular activities, they may be missing social interaction with their friends and screen time may now also be crucial social time for them. 

Fortnite and Minecraft are popular again because they are multiplayer online games that let kids chat while they play. If gaming isn’t your thing, try a virtual board game night with other families to stay connected. Simply invite everyone to download a popular board game app, set up your videoconference and play together.  Or try HouseParty, which allows groups of friends to join a single video chat and play games together. Whichever way you choose to play and connect, TELUS Internet delivers the best gaming experience.

Authored by:
TELUS team
This series of blog posts was created to help our customers and team members stay informed and feel supported during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.